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When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching–he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.

The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel’s preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn’t mind–he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.

But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.

Our Review Panel says...

I love Perkins’ books, which confront cross-cultural experiences and invite important discussions about modernity and change. I’ve chosen this one because it’s a topic close to my heart. It transports readers to the Sundarbans where siblings Neel and Rupa set out to help a tiger cub, even though their plan threatens Neel’s chances of winning a scholarship. This is an accessible read with talking points on climate change, socio-economic class and gender divisions.

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